Grace Perry analyzes the pop songs, TV shows, and movies that portrayed queerness in the aughts.
On this week’s episode, Grace Perry discusses her fun, funny, insightful debut, The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture (St. Martin’s Griffin, June 1). Perry, a longtime contributor to the Onion and Reductress, specializes in writing about queerness, pop culture, and the internet. Her first collection takes on The Real World, Harry Potter, Dawson’s Creek, The O.C., the Disney Channel, The L Word, Taylor Swift, and Glee, among others, showing how they shaped a generation* that hungered for LGBTQ+ representation (*for better or worse).
Kirkus: “As sexuality and gender became better understood and celebrated in the late 2000s, pop culture reacted to the trend, but millennials straddle the divide. ‘We grew up without queer characters in our cartoons or Nickelodeon or Disney or TGIF sitcoms. We were raised in homophobia, came of age as the world changed around us, and are raising children in an age where it’s never been easier to be same-sex parents. We’re both lucky and jealous,’ Perry writes, hopeful for the future in this post-Glee world. A humorous and reflective journey of self-discovery via pop culture.”
Perry and host Megan Labrise talk about alternative titles for The 2000s Made Me Gay; what decade she would have picked to make her gay, given a choice; the specific brand of queer identity the 2000s offered us; the power and limitations of pop culture in shaping identity; why Best in Show is the best movie ever; the chaotic evil that is The L Word theme song; and much more.
Then editors Vicky Smith, Laura Simeon, Eric Liebetrau, and Laurie Muchnick join with their Pride reading recommendations.
Pride Puppy! by Robin Stevenson, illus. by Julie McLaughlin (Orca)
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar (Page Street)
Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 by Sarah Schulman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Thanks to our advertisers this week:
Why They Stay by Anne Michaud
All About You: An Adopted Child’s Memoir by Liz Butler Duren
Beneath the Flames by Gregory Lee Renz
The Open Road: Autobiography of George A. Hormel by George A. Hormel
Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.